1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my intership a lot. The process was set up clearly, so I always knew what to expect. I knew who to contact about what, and they were very clear about when they would be avialable. I didn't encounter any problems, and on the whole, had a great time.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I got on genuinely well with all my colleaguges. I ended up in a diverse and friendly team who welcomed me as one of their own. If managers were busy, my colleagues would try to find work for me and during the period where most senior staff were on holiday, the remaining staff checked up on me and always made sure I had something to do. I will honestly miss seeing them all every day.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had two managers, though one was 'asigned to me, they both worked together to make sure I had a good experience as an intern. I feel that they gave me the perfect amount of guidance so that I coudl show what I was capable of achieving without coddling me. They were always there to answer questions when I was unsure of a task or needed something clarifying quickly so I could get on with it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I would have liked more work to do, but I understand that there is only so much that I could be given. I appreciate all the work I was given, and especially appreciate that some non-managers even trusted me with assisting them. This is not a criticism of the internship or my managers, as I was given challenging work as often as possible.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a moderate level of resposibility towards the latter half of my internship, particularly with assisting a senior broker in her liasons with underwriters. She tasked me with chasing them up for NDAs for renewall meetings, or their questions that they would like to ask during renewal meetings. Additionally, I regularly met with underwriters to do reports on our market's appetites.
Within the team and Aon, I was given the task to update our shared drive, and update our renewal list.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel that the confidence I've gained in professional communication, be it via email, phone, and in person, will stand me in good stead throughout my life and career. I've also absorbed from my colleagues a working and day-to-day knowledge of insurance terminology and 'theory' that will be useful to me should I suceed in continuing a career in insurance.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in my office was a fun and positive one. We regularly grabbed our coffee at the same time every day, giving us a chance to catch up. At the start of my internship, my managers arrnaged so that each of the brokers would take some time with me be it for lunch or a short meeting, to explain what they did in their day to day job. I was always welcomed at industry events, even those that had been organised in advance of my joining - a place would be made for me. We got on well inside and outside of working hours.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was always clear about where I should be and when. The induction was clear and easy to follow, with personal adjustments made for my circumstances that went above and beyond what was necessary. The weekly lunch and learns were a great way to touch base with the graduate team. Overall, I can't fault.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was no formal training as a part of my internship, however, frequent shadowing days were arranged for me, none of which were a requirement of my managers. I'm very thankful for them doing this. I had the opportunity to shadow underwriters in their offices, then shadow a consulant, and lastly I shadowed an underwriter at their box in Lloyd's. All experiences were very valuable and I'm grateful for them all.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to work for Aon. Their commitment to diversity and inclusion is felt throughout the company. Their adjustments for my disability were put in place as quickly as possible. I can feel that they are invested in their new staff, and can genuinely see myself looking forward to working every day there.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I got on socially well with the other interns I came to know. I most frequently saw the interns I was doing my social impact project with, and we became close due to that. I had a good relationship with my 'graduate' mentor, who made sure I was getting along well at all times, and introduced me to anyone I didn't know. I hung out with my colleagues outside of work hours, and they always made sure I was invited to industry events.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I prepared myself for the price of eating lunch and sometimes dinner around the Leadenhall building. As a Londoner, it was no surprise. The after work socialising was not a problem as my older colleagues would largely pay for this. London is expensive, but this is no surprise to me.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The City is what it is. It has a thriving nightlife that caters for people who work hard. I enjoyed going to the bar undernearth the Gerkin, The Ned, the Oyster Shed where we had our floor's summer party and also the Jam pot. The Leadenhall market in the evening was also fun.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I'm not sure if this question means activities out of work that are Aon lead, or just activities outside of work in general due to a work life balance. If its referring to work-life-balance, I had enough time to play sport after work a couple of times a week, which was valuable.